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Big Game

Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting

Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home.

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Bullet Deflection Test

The bull is standing broadside just behind that screen of brush. Do you shoot through the limbs and hope your bullet punches home? Or do you wait for a clear shot, even if it means the elk might get away?

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  • June 11, 2014

    Tie the Dutchman: How To Stretch a Rope Or Truss Up a Bundle Really Tight - 2

    There are times when you'll need to securely strap down a load or stretch a line super taut. If you find yourself without a compression strap or needing to pitch a lean-to over a rope, the Dutchman is your answer. Here’s how it’s done.

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  • June 11, 2014

    3 ARs for Hunting Feral Hogs - 0

    Photo by Donald M. Jones

    For an elk hunter who hikes all week for one shot, an AR-style rifle typically isn’t an ideal setup. But when it comes to pig hunting, it’s hard to imagine anything better. High-capacity semi-auto rifles chambered in game-stopping calibers are currently being manufactured at roughly the same speed that feral hogs reproduce. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    Call To Action: Help Bring The Sportsmen's Act to a Vote - 3

    If you enjoy hunting and fishing public lands and waters in this fine country of ours, now is the time to make democracy work for you:

    We’ve received word that the Bi-Partisan Sportsmen’s Act (read about what's in the bill here) is number three on the roster for action on the Senate Floor. That means we need a little push from you. The American hunter and angler is needed to ensure that a vote comes up on this critical piece of legislation before Congress takes its August recess.

    Two people need to hear from you:

    Senator Harry Reid, Majority Floor Leader: Contact him here.

    Senator Mitch McConnell: Minority Floor Leader: Contact him here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    Micro Manager: Green Manure and Travel Plots - 1

    The clouds are growing darker by the minute. I'm about to get wet. Really wet. And I care not a bit.

    After a winter that seemed like it would never end followed by a cold, dreary spring filled with cutting trees and thinking about the things I wanted to do “when it warms up,” I'm finally putting seed in the ground. And I'm not slugging through snow to do it.

    I wasn't able to close on the 17-acre property I've deemed “Noah's Farm” until late last summer, which only left time to put in a couple of hastily-prepared patches of oats, radishes, and clover.

    The clover, to be honest, was an afterthought. And, man, am I glad I added it to the mix. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2014

    Congress Has Chance To Pass Critical Conservation Package, Again - 0

    Big legislative changes don’t often come along but, 50 years ago, two of them came along at the same time.

    In 2014, we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the Wilderness Act as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both of these landmark legislative efforts have had a tremendous impact on conservation and the public lands where we hunt and fish. And both play a pivotal role in the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014.

    The Sportsmen’s Act has a lot of moving parts which, when considered individually,  may seem inconsequential. The sum of all parts, however, is a powerful package that will ensure future generations can enjoy Open Country and public wildlife. So check out the details of the bill below and then contact your senator to help get this thing passed, finally.

    Here’s a few highlights of the bill: [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2014

    Louisiana Becomes 32nd State to Allow Hunting With a Suppressor - 0

    Louisiana hunting grounds may be quieter this fall after Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill last week to extend suppressor use to all game animals in the state.

    Taking effect August 1, House Bill 186 will make Louisiana the third state in 2014 to legalize suppressor use for hunting, according to OutdoorHub. Rep. Cameron Henry sponsored the bill, building off a state law that already allowed hunters to  shoot nuisance species like beaver and nutria while using suppressors. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2014

    Fire Starting Tips: How To Collect Fatwood - 0

    One of the greatest fire starters in nature is fatwood, also commonly called pitch pine. It ignites readily, burns hot and long, and can be found almost anywhere pine trees (especially pinyon) grow. I keep a small piece of it, along with a lighter or a few waterproof matches in my pocket or day pack whenever I am hunting or spending time in the outdoors. In an emergency or survival situation I can quickly get a fire going.

    Fatwood is usually located in the bottom section of dead pine trees – probably caused by an over-abundance of sap or “pitch” being present when the tree died. The sap saturates the wood in the stump, dries, and the result is a really good, super-combustible kindling. Not all dead trees contain the pitch pine, in fact you will probably need to spend some time hunting around to find a tree or stump that is pitchy. [ Read Full Post ]